A resolution performance measure for quadratic time-frequency distributions

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A resolution performance measure for quadratic time-frequency distributions

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Title: A resolution performance measure for quadratic time-frequency distributions
Author: Boashash, Boualem; Sucic, V
Abstract: This paper presents two novel results which are significant for the application of time-frequency signal analysis techniques to real life signals. First, we introduce a measure for comparing the resolution performance of TFDs in separating closely spaced components in the time-frequency domain. The measure takes into account key attributes of TFDs such as main-lobes, side-lobes, and cross-terms. The introduction of this measure is an improvement of current techniques which rely on visual inspection of plots. The second result consists in proposing a methodology for designing high resolution quadratic TFDs for the time-frequency analysis of multicomponent signals when components are close to each other. A recently introduced TFD, the B-distribution, and its modified version are defined using this methodology. Finally, the performance comparison of quadratic TFDs using the proposed resolution measure shows that the B-distribution outperforms existing quadratic TFDs in resolving closely spaced components in the time-frequency domain.
Description: This paper introduced a new measure that allows an objective comparison of time-frequency methods in terms of resolution, as well as a methodology to define new high-resolution TFDs. A software package that calculates IF estimates and TFDs can be downloaded from the web site: www.time-frequency.net
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10576/10692
Date: 2000

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